Today’s noticeboard opens on a happy note:
Australia’s most wanted terrorist and the sister of Curtis Cheng’s murderer have been killed by US air strikes in the Middle East.
The US government last night advised Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that one of Islamic State’s chief recruiters, Australian Neil Prakash, had been taken out in an air strike on Mosul in Iraq on April 29.
Melbourne lad Neil, prior to becoming a ground-level Mosul art instalment.
It also confirmed that the sister of teenage Sydney terrorist Farhad Jabar was killed in an US air strike on Al Bab in Syria on April 22 …
Prakash was a Melbourne rapper before he became a Muslim and a key Australian IS recruiter.
He had been a Muslim for one year and four months ¬before he travelled to Syria, where he changed his name to Abu Khaled al-Cambodi.
Now we commence our usual noticeboard observations.
Parramatta gunman’s sister Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad killed in US airstrike.
Joint statement from Attorney-General Geroge Brandis & Minister for Defence Marise Payne.
DEATH OF AUSTRALIAN CITIZENS NEIL CHRISTOPHER PRAKASH AND SHADI JABAR KHALIL MOHAMMAD
The Australian Government has been advised by the United States Government that Australian citizen and member of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Neil Christopher Prakash, was killed by a US airstrike in Mosul, Iraq, on 29 April 2016.
Neil Prakash was a prominent ISIL member and a senior terrorist recruiter and attack facilitator. Prakash has been linked to several Australia-based attack plans and calls for lone-wolf attacks against the United States. He has appeared in ISIL propaganda videos and magazines and has actively recruited Australian men, women and children, and encouraged acts of terrorism. He is considered to be Australia’s most prominent ISIL recruiter. His death disrupts and degrades ISIL’s ability to recruit vulnerable people in our community to conduct terrorist acts.
Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad
We have also been advised by the United States Government that Shadi Jabar Khalil Mohammad was killed in a US airstrike near Al Bab, Syria, on 22 April 2016, along with her Sudanese husband.
Mohammad and her husband, Abu Sa’ad al-Sudani, were both active recruiters of foreign fighters on behalf of ISIL, and had been inspiring attacks against Western interests.
Mohammad is the sister of Farhad Mohammad, who shot dead an employee (Mr Curtis Cheng) of the New South Wales Police Force in Parramatta on 2 October 2015.
These incidents remind us that Australians who engage in terrorist activity and move into overseas conflict zones are placing themselves and others at significant risk.
The Australian Defence Force, intelligence and security agencies work closely with the United States and other allies in the fight against ISIL.